New Spring 2020
Online Courses

Thank you for your interest in online courses at Colorado School of Mines. Feel free to explore the schedule of online classes below. You will find enrollment resources for new learners and alumni or current Mines students at the bottom of the page. Visit the Online Learning resource to learn more about being an online student.

January 7–May 8, 2019 (16 weeks)

EBGN576 Managing and Marketing New Production Development

Course Description: This course provides a scientific approach to developing and marketing new products which are often critical to the success of firms competing in technology based industries. We will start with an overview of core marketing and then develop prototypes of a new product design. We will step through the new product development process in detail, learning about available tools and techniques to execute each process step along the way. New product prototypes will be used to gather data from prospective target markets and assess the viability of the design in the marketplace. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hour. Visit the EBGN576 Managing and Marketing New Production Development for more information. 

Instructor: Dr. Sid Saleh

Space Resources Courses
SPRS591 Space Resources Project I

Course Description: This course will provide graduate students in the program with directed team-based project learning by exploring the design, planning, and analysis of a mission, process, or systems for space resources assessment, extraction, and/or utilization. The course will meet formally twice a week for one hour and include a 10-15 minute discussion on relevant design aspects of space mission, processes, and/or systems. In this regard, it will build on content learned in the Space Resources Fundamental and Space Systems Engineering courses. Students will collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams of up to 5 students. Teams will be advised by the course instructor with significant industrial aerospace design experience and supported by faculty affiliated with the Space Resources program from relevant disciplines on campus. For teams with students in space resource economics, detailed economic analysis will be incorporated into those projects. Student teams will prepare a preliminary design, planning and analysis report early in the semester, one interim progress report, and a final report and project presentation. This course will guide the students and teach them good design and analysis practices and principles for missions and/or systems related to space resources. Co-requisites: SPRS501 and SPRS502. 

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Dryer

SPRS592 Space Resources Project II

Course Description: The Space Resources Design and Analysis II course will provide graduate students in the MS-NT and Ph.D. degree programs in Space Resources with an independent design and analysis project. This project, which will be guided by the course instructor and a technical advisor, will enable the student to delve deeply into a particular system related to space resources prospecting, extraction, processing, and/or utilization. As much as possible, projects will be coordinated with industrial or government agency partners who are collaborating with the program. The course will involve weekly meetings with the course instructor and all students in the course where ideas are exchanged and progress discussed within the context of design and analysis principles learned in the pre-requisite course SPRS591. Students will be partnered with a faculty member affiliated with the Space Resources program. The student will prepare a final report and presentation to present to industry collaborators, space resources faculty, and other students in the course. The final report and/or presentation as appropriate will be converted to a journal or conference publication and/or presentation and resources from the program will support student costs for publishing and/or presenting the work. Prerequisite: SPRS591. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. 

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Dryer

Visit the Space Resources website for more information on the program.

January 7March 3, 2020 (8 Weeks)

AMFG511 Data-Driven Materials Manufacturing

Course Description: Although focused on materials manufacturing, this course is intended for all students interested in experimental design and data informatics. It will include both directed assignments to reinforce the concepts and algorithms discussed in class and a term project that will encourage students to apply these concepts to a problem of their choosing. Some programming background would be beneficial but is not necessary; the basics of python and the sklearn machine learning toolkit will be covered in the first weeks of the course. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Visit the Advanced Manufacturing website for more information on the program.

Instructor: Dr. Branden Kappes

CEEN401/501 Life Cycle Assessment

Course Description: Which is more sustainable: paper vs plastic, hybrid vs electric vehicles? LCA is a powerful tool used to answer these questions; LCA quantifies the environmental sustainability of a product or process. Students will learn to conduct an LCA during a semester-long project of their choosing. At the end of the course students should be able to sit for the ACLCA professional LCACP certification exam. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours

Instructor: Dr. Amy Landis

FEGN526 Static & Dynamic Applications in FEA

Course Description: This course emphasizes proficiency with commercial FEA software for solution of practical static, quasistatic, and dynamic structural problems. Common 1D, 2D, and 3D elements are examined in the context of linear solution techniques. Students will explore efficient methods for model construction and solution with commercial tools (the Abaqus FEA software). Emphasis will also be placed on verification, validation, and reporting standards for effective application of FEA software tools. Online course. For more information about this program, visit the FEA Professional webpage.

Instructor: Dr. Stephen Geer

Space Resources Courses
SPRS501 Space Resources Fundamentals

Course Description: This course provides an overview of the space resources field, including the current knowledge of available resources in the Solar System, extraction and utilization systems under development, economic and technical feasibility studies, legal and policy issues, and space exploration architectures that may be enabled by utilizing extraterrestrial resources in the near future. The course will build broad knowledge and develop confidence in problem solving in the space resources field. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of physical sciences, engineering fields, or economics at an advanced undergraduate level, with basic numerical analysis skills using a programming language or spreadsheet calculations. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Dreyer

SPRS503 Space Resources Graduate Seminar

Course Description: The Space Resources Graduate Seminar will engage graduate students in the program with current research and developments related to space resources assessment, extraction, and utilization. The course, which will meet once a week, will provide students opportunities to engage with invited guest speakers who are industry, government, and academic leaders in the space resources field. Students will be asked to prepare a few short reports on research related to guest speaker seminars. Students will also prepare and deliver at least one technical presentation on their own work and/or that of others and lead a discussion on the topic of interest. This course will instill knowledge and confidence in the students to enable them to critique, articulate, and present concepts and relevant research and development in space resources. Co-requisite: SPRS501. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.

Instructor: Dr. Angel Abbud-Madrid

Visit the Space Resources website for more information on the program.

March 9May 6, 2020 (8 Weeks)

AMFG531 Materials for Additive Manufacturing

Course Description:This course will cover various structural materials used in additive manufacturing (AM) processes. Focus will be on polymer, ceramic, and metallic compositions. General chemistry of each material will be covered with additional focus on the behavior of these materials when processed using AM. The course will span the entire AM lifecycle from feedstock fabrication to fabrication by AM to post processing and inspection of as-fabricated material. Students will have hands-on exposure to AM processes and will conduct laboratory studies of AM material properties. Additionally, students will conduct a semester-long research project exploring some aspect of AM materials. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Visit the Advanced Manufacturing website for more information on the program.

Instructor: Dr. Craig Brice

EBGN360 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Course Description: This course introduces students to the entrepreneurial process, focusing on the concepts, practices, and tools of the entrepreneurial world. This will be accomplished through a combination of readings, cases, speakers, and projects designed to convey the unique environment of entrepreneurship and new ventures. The mastery of concepts covered in this course will lead to an initial evaluation of new venture ideas. In this course students will interact with entrepreneurs, participate in class discussion, and be active participants in the teaching/learning process. Prerequisite: EBGN201. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

Instructor: Dr. Werner Kuhr

FEGN527 Nonlinear Applications in FEA

Course Description:This course explores common nonlinearities frequently encountered in structural applications of FEA. Students will gain proficiency in modeling geometric nonlinearity (large strains), boundary nonlinearity due to contact, and material nonlinearity (creep, rate dependence, plasticity, temperature effects, residual stress). The commercial FEA software Abaqus is used for hands-on experience. Online course. Prerequisite: FEGN526. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. For more information about this program, visit the FEA Professional webpage.

Instructor: Dr. Anthony Petrella

HASS441/531 African Development

Course Description:This course provides a broad overview of the political economy of Africa. Its goal is to give students an understanding of the possibilities of African development and the impediments that currently block its economic growth. Despite substantial natural resources, mineral reserves, and human capital, most African countries remain mired in poverty. The struggles that have arisen on the continent have fostered thinking about the curse of natural resources where countries with oil or diamonds are beset with political instability and warfare. Readings give first an introduction to the continent followed by a focus on the specific issues that confront African development today. Prerequisite: HASS100. Corequisite: HASS200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.

Instructor: Dr. Derrick Hudson


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